USAN believes in the power and value of data for advancing positive change for the Azerbaijani-Americans, and, to that end, has become an official 2010 Census partner. The goal of the Census Bureau's partnership program is to combine the strengths of local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media, businesses and others, to ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census. USAN is working with the Census Bureau to help increase participation of the Azerbaijani-Americans. Accurate Census data ensures Azerbaijani-Americans get their fair share of federal funds, helps local decision-makers plan for the future, and assures we get adequate representation an appropriate voice in Congress based on our population size and demographics.
As a first-ever Azerbaijani and Turkic organization to become a 2010 Census partner, the USAN has formally pledged our commitment to share the 2010 Census message and support the Census Bureau's goal of achieving a complete count. The 2010 Census will define who we are as a nation, affect political representation and direct the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding, including support for our libraries.
Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the census will count every person living in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Census data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the distribution of the Electoral College. Census data also directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The new data is critical in determining locations for new hospitals, improving schools, building new roads, expanding public transportation options and more.
In March 2010, more than 130 million addresses across the nation will receive a census questionnaire. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census questionnaire asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
2010 Census: A New Portrait of America. This informational program explains how communities benefit from Census Bureau data collection efforts. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation's history. Running time 3:23. Note: If you cannot see the video, please install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
Key Dates for the 2010 Census
February – March 2010 Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households.
March – April 2010 Be Counted program is implemented. Census questionnaires are available at select public sites for individuals who did not receive one by mail.
April 1, 2010 Census Day
May – July 2010 Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail.
December 31, 2010 By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President.
March 2011 By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.
Sample Census Questionnaires
These are not official forms and should not be filled out. You will receive an official Census form as we approach Census Day, April 1, 2010. The forms posted here are for informational purposes only. For more information and more language guides, please visit the official US Census Bureau website.
In just 10 short minutes in March 2010, you can help define your community and who we are as a nation. It’s easy, important, and safe.
With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Households are asked to provide key demographic information, including: whether a housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of other living in the household.
Your answers on the census will impact federal funding for vital public programs in your community, your voting power, and community economic development.
Federal funds: By filling out your census form, you can ensure that your community received it’s fair share of federal funds for the next 10-12 years. These federal funds are used for critical community infrastructures, including schools, Head Start, transit programs, health centers, Medicaid and maternal and child health programs, and housing. In 2008 alone, federal program officers used Census data to allocate nearly $30 Billion in federal funds to Texas.
Voting Rights: Based on our population count, Texas stands to gain three or four seats in Congress if we have a complete and accurate count of our growth in the census. These numbers are also used to draw voting districts for state legislative and school board districts.
Economic Development: Lastly, businesses large and small use census numbers to plan for new markets, select sites for operations, make investments, and determine goods and services offered.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.